Cyclone Amphan Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced a relief package of Rs 500 crore for cyclone-hit Odisha. The announcement came soon after he undertook an aerial survey of the state to review the aftermath.
In a tweet, Modi congratulated the people and the government of Odisha for managing the crisis well. “Everyone is fighting COVID-19. In such a time, we had a super cyclone in some parts of India. This became very worrying. At the same time, due to the well established processes in Odisha, many lives were saved. I congratulate the people and Government of Odisha,” he said.
Earlier today, Modi announced an immediate relief of Rs 1,000 crore for West Bengal after he held an aerial survey and assessed the devastation caused by Cyclone Amphan which claimed 72 lives on Wednesday. Banerjee, however, insisted that the state had sufferred losses of over Rs 1 lakh crore for which it needed to be compensated.
At least 77 people were killed in the state, of which, 15 deaths were reported from Kolkata. The cyclone, which weakened into a depression on Friday, was further reduced to a well-marked low pressure area over North Bangladesh and the neighbouring area. “It is very likely to continue to move north-northeastwards and weaken further into a low pressure area during next 12 hours,” the Indian Meterological Department (IMD) had said . The cyclone hit Bengal and Odisha at a time when it is already struggling to fight the transmission of the novel coronavirus.